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Luis Eduardo Rojas Osorno

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S1

Further personal information

Residence
Medellín, COL
Occupation
Consultant, Motivational Speaker
Languages
Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 1998.
Why this sport?
"I played water polo before the accident, which is where my passion for swimming comes from."
Club / Team
Antioquia: Colombia

General interest

Nicknames
Lucho (YouTube, 25 Feb 2012)
Hobbies
Listening to music, flying drones. (Athlete, 27 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing in fifth place in the S1 50m backstroke at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (Athlete, 27 Aug 2021)
Most influential person in career
His family, particularly his brother Jorge Raul. (Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana YouTube channel, 30 May 2019; elcolombiano.com, 28 Aug 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The person who believes and fights for their dreams can do anything." (Athlete, 27 Aug 2021)
Awards and honours
In 2014 he was named Best Paralympic Athlete of the Antioquia department in Colombia. (opcionhoy.com, 01 Mar 2015)
Other sports
He was Colombian champion in taekwondo before his accident, and he also played water polo at international level. (elcolombiano.com, 28 Aug 2016; Athlete, 27 Aug 2021)
Famous relatives
His mother Maria played basketball for Colombia. (elcolombiano.com, 28 Aug 2016)
Ambitions
To be among the top six swimmers in the world. (Athlete, 27 Aug 2021)
Impairment
In 1995 he injured his spine after jumping into water in San Andres, Colombia. (eltiempo.com, 09 Aug 2012; YouTube, 25 Feb 2012)

Results

Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Backstroke S1 Final Round 2012-09-06 5
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Backstroke S1 Final 1 2013-08-12 7
Men's 100 m Freestyle S1 Final 1 2013-08-15 6
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S1 Final Round 2016-09-09 7
Men's 50 m Backstroke S1 Final Round 2016-09-15 6